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Environmental Conflicts as Valuation Conflicts Oct 3, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm EMU Cedar & Spruce Rooms

The Environmental Studies Program (ENVS), is presenting a panel discussion focusing on environmental conflicts and some approaches to help see them resolved, with two distinguished guests from outside the State. Let’s give them a warm welcome!

Environmental conflicts as valuation conflicts:
Perspectives from adaptive pragmatism, deliberation ethics and
radical relationalism

Since most environmental problems are wicked problems, viewed as expressions of diverse and conflicting values and interests, no disciplinary models available in the academy or in discourses on public interest and policy can provide ready-made, ex-ante solutions to solve them (Norton, 2012). Navigating such conflicts necessarily involves looking, in practice, at the values different stakeholders project into the relationships they have with themselves and with the natural world.

From this perspective, the panel will address the issue of environmental conflicts as valuation conflicts, discussing ways to navigate them through various approaches. Each will provide introductory comments of about 10 minutes, followed by a moderated discussion among panelists, and between panelists and participants.

On the panel:

  • Bryan G. Norton, Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus), School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech
  • Konrad Ott, Chair for Philosophy and Ethics of the Environment, Christian Albrechts University Kiel (Germany)
  • Barbara Muraca, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Social Philosophy, Oregon State University


When: Wednesday, October 3rd, 12-2pm

Where: EMU Cedar and Spruce Rooms

Food will be served.


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